THIRD ROUND (98th Pick Overall)
With the 35th pick in the third round (compensatory selection), the Seattle Seahawks have selected Clemson OLB Leroy Hill.
SCOUT.COM PLAYER OVERVIEW:
Leroy Hill School: Clemson
Ht: 6-1 Wt: 229 40: 4.75 Year: 4Sr
Bio: First-team All-Conference selection as a senior. Led Clemson in tackles the past two seasons, most recently posting 98/17.5/8.5 after 145/27/8 as a junior.
Positives: Productive collegiate middle linebacker who projects to the outside at the next level. Breaks down well, quickly locates the ball and takes good angles to the action. Efficient, fluid moving laterally and wraps up at the point. Fights hard to make the tackle. Immediately picks up pass cover assignments and stays with running backs down the field.
Negatives: Not strong at the point and has a lot of tackles broken. At times over-pursues the action and does more chasing than anything else. Better up the field than in reverse.
Analysis: An undersized linebacker with marginal speed, Hill may be best off in a 34 defense where he is allowed to freely roam to the ball carrier. Surprised many with his pass cover skills at the Senior Bowl, yet may be nothing more than a backup and special teams player at the next level.
DOING THE MATH: 4.62 in the 40-yard dash … 375-pound bench press … 530-pound squat … 325-pound power clean … 34-inch vertical jump … 10-foot-1 broad jump … 31½-inch arm length … 9 7/8-inch hands.
THE .NET REPORT:
Scott Eklund: Athletically gifted but small, Hill is an athlete who played mostly on the inside for the Tigers during his tenure at Clemson. He will have to move outside to play in the NFL, but there is little doubt that he plays big and is very tough. He was named All-ACC as a junior in 2003 and he led his team in tackles in his final two seasons. He has excellent speed for a linebacker, clocking in the 4.6 range and he never gives up on plays. He and the Hawks’ second-rounder, Lofa Tatupu, will be in the mix on the weakside and both will contribute heavily to the special teams. Look for Hill to see a lot of time as the nickel linebacker when the Seahawks go to five or six DBs.